Mr Rory Dunlop QC > Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright QC and Richard Harwood QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Charlie Cory-Wright QC and Richard Harwood QC
39 Essex Chambers
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Barrister specialising in public law, human rights, immigration and employment law. He is currently writing the OUP textbook on immigration detention, due to be published at the end of 2014.


Called 2002, Lincoln’s Inn; Lord Bowen, Lord Mansfield and Lord Wolfson scholarships to Lincoln’s Inn; Pegasus scholarship to European Court of Human Rights 2005; Attorney General’s C panel (2007), Attorney General’s FOI panel (2008), Attorney General’s B panel (2011).


Liberty; ELBA; ILPA; ALBA; Bar Pro Bono Unit.


Magdalen College, Oxford (1999 1st class); City University (2001 distinction).


Cricket, tennis, skiing.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Education

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Rory Dunlop QC39 Essex ChambersHe is fantastic at finding solutions to entrenched problems and advising on practical solutions to academic problems.

39 Essex Chambers are ‘responsive’, ‘progressive’ and ‘outstanding‘ when it comes to education work. Rory Dunlop QC successfully acted for the claimant in R (AW) v St George’s University of London, resulting in the termination of the claimant’s registration for failure to attend an occupational health appointment being quashed on grounds of unfairness. Steve Broach represented the claimant in R (Shaw and another) v Secretary of State for Education, a challenge to a number of statutory instruments issued by the Secretary of State for Education downgrading duties owed to children and young people with special education needs and disabilities, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

London Bar > Data protection

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Rory Dunlop QC39 Essex ChambersHe had a clear sense of strategy and direction, and was happy to get into the real weeds of the case – a healthy balance between oversight as leader and getting to grips with the detail.

39 Essex Chambers is strong in public and regulatory law, and has particular expertise in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Eleanor Grey QC acts for a number of public sector clients, with a focus on the health and social care sector. The ‘very clear, reasonable and cleverRory Dunlop QC is ‘an excellent advocate who commands respect’. Dunlop successfully acted for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Maurizi v ICO and CPS in the Upper Tribunal in relation to the CPS’ refusal to disclose e-mails with the Swedish Prosecution Authority regarding Julian Assange.

London Bar > Administrative and public law (including elections)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

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London Bar > Immigration (including business immigration)

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 2

Rory Dunlop QC39 Essex ChambersEven at the immigration Bar, Rory’s command of the authorities is unequalled. He uses this knowledge to great effect, on his feet he can cut down other counsel by showing their submissions are based on misreadings of complex cases.

39 Essex Chambers‘ immigration set includes, Lisa Giovannetti QCquite simply the best immigration lawyer in the country‘ and national security expert Charlie Cory-Wright QC. Experienced in judicial reviews and challenges to control orders, its barristers regularly appear across all levels of the court system, including regular representation of the Home Office.  Standout highlights include Giovannetti’s representation of the Home Office in AM (Zimbabwe) v SSHD in a matter concerning deportations of individuals to places where they will receive inadequate medical treatment and Rory Dunlop QC‘s representation of the same body in S3 v SSHD, a sensitive matter pertaining to alleged support of foreign terrorists).

London Bar > Professional disciplinary and regulatory law

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Rory Dunlop QC39 Essex ChambersHe is willing to get into the detail of a case and is able to stay focused in the face of disruption and aggression from opponents. A true leader in the regulation of immigration services, and great to work with – always available, and showing huge commitment.